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Carlisle man handed suspended jail term following betting shop violence

John Hull

[A] MAN has been sentenced after violence broke out in a Carlisle betting shop.

A judge at the city’s crown court heard how 42-year-old John Michael Hull tried to goad a younger man, Ryan Kirkpatrick, into a fight inside Coral on Blackwell Road.

The background related to some previously-broken windows.

Two other men, including Hull’s younger brother, then entered the shop where Mr Kirkpatrick was chased and attacked. But it was stressed John Hull was held back by an assistant manager and did not take part in that violence.

Having admitted affray, he was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court today (MON).

Recorder Kevin Grice heard how Hull had already served two months in custody. He had a six-month-old daughter – said to be “the apple of his eye” – and planned to be a “stay at home dad”.

Recorder Grice suspended a four-month sentence for 12 months. Hull, of Edgehill Road, Carlisle, must observe a three-month night-time curfew and complete rehabilitation.

“You involved yourself in a quite disgraceful incident,” the judge told him.

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